President Cyril Ramaphosa has wished the outgoing Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng well as he officially hangs up his robe after a decade at the helm of South Africa’s judiciary.

Mogoeng has been on leave since May. He had been a judge in the North West High Court from 1997 until 2000 after which he joined the Labour Court. Mogoeng was appointed to the Constitutional Court by then President Jacob Zuma in 2009, along with Justices Sisi Khampepe, Johan Froneman and Chris Jaftha.

Then the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) recommended Mogoeng for Chief Justice in 2011 and he was officially confirmed by Zuma on 11 September that same year.

President Ramaphosa wishes Mogoeng well

Paying tribute to Mogoeng Mogoeng, President Cyril Ramaphosa says with his departure, he leaves behind a rich legacy for our democratic culture, our judiciary, the legal profession and ordinary South Africans.

“Today we pay tribute to  Chief Justice Mogoeng for endowing South African jurisprudence and the democratic order more broadly with judicial integrity and resilience which has impacted positively on the lives of citizens and advanced accountability,” he said.

Ramaphosa says Mogoeng presided over our judiciary during a decade which was challenging in many ways, but during which our judiciary held firm and enabled the renewal of our society.

“Chief Justice Mogoeng’s leadership inspired a judiciary that was fearless in holding those in power to account and empathetic to the plight of individuals and groups in our society. This has deepened international regard for South African jurisprudence, for the integrity, effectiveness and efficiency of our democratic institutions, and for the separation of powers enshrined in our Constitution”

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa has the task of appointing Mogoeng’s predecessor. Eight candidates have been shortlisted for the post, including Mogoeng’s deputy Raymond Zondo, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe.

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